Training Workforce

Training / Workforce

Opportunity Engineering

Training Workforce

The future NLET envisions is one in which every person who wants one has a universal transcript that securely transcribes formal and informal learning, work history and social identity.

NLET bases this work on what we call Learner Identity which we are seeking funds to study, determine open standards and build pilots to be tested by high school and college students and adult learners.

Training & employment alignment

There continues to be over five million open jobs in the US, many of them skills-based that require specific training and certification, while there nearly eight million people who are unemployed.  

Unfortunately, new positions come up or come into existence faster than the training can be produced for those positions. These jobs do not necessarily require a college diploma. In many cases, earning a certificate or certification from a community college occupational or workforce program can put some individuals into a high five-figure income level with employers who are willing to pay for college or college completion, in some cases.

The Federal Government and states are trying to rectify this. NLET is concentrating on R & D for new systems which can match growing regional labor demand and provide it to community colleges whose training departments are trying to place their programs bets for the best results.

Focus: “Edu2Work”

Unfortunately, there are no software or cloud services that link employers’ demand for skills-based training or certification with course providers; it is mostly community colleges that are willing to create the courses if they know there is adequate demand for their investment. Similarly, students and workforce agencies are unable to know what courses or what certificates will increase the chances of landing employment.

NLET with the Eduworks.com corporation are involved in two efforts, both of which grew out of a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation business development grant. One is part of a Department of Labor workforce (TAACCCT) grant with eight community colleges in Michigan. The other is a family foundation-funded software project with Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ.

Current Activity: Education-employment Matching

Since 2013, NLET and its partner Pima Community College have been involved in a succession of grants (Gates, Brown Foundation) to create a modern “dating service” between education training courses, open jobs and students or job seekers. There are two active projects: Tucson Skills, which uses existing software from Pragya Systems, Inc and JobSignals™, a software design from NLET, Eduworks and SpireWirk, Inc. NLET has participated in numerous US Department of Labor and White House conferences discussing solutions to this key education-to-employment problem.

Current Objectives: Finance pilot & finance software

NLET, Pima Community College and Pragya Systems seek $25,000 to pilot Pragya’s solution that utilizes IBM Watson technology for matching. This pilot would be operated as Tucson Skills. NLET and Pima Community College seek $1.5 million to develop the JobSignals™ predictive analytic training and employment software to be beta tested in Southern Arizona prior to national testing. NLET and Pima Community College maintain a rich set of partner community colleges ready to test this much needed technical solution

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